Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

With a plurality of voices, we will inspire more people to come together to protect birds and the places they need.

Photo: Frank Luke

Audubon's Statement on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

In order to achieve these goals, Audubon California has made equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging an organizational imperative. Protecting and conserving nature and the environment transcends political, cultural, and social boundaries. Respect, inclusion, and opportunity for people of all backgrounds, lifestyles, and perspectives will attract the best ideas and harness the greatest passion to shape a healthier, more vibrant future for all of us who share our planet. 

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff, board, volunteers, members, and supporters, and fostering an inclusive network within Audubon California's Centers and Chapters in all communities, from rural to urban. We respect the individuality of each member of our community, and we are committed to a workplace free of any kind of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, national or ethnic origin, politics, or veteran status. 

Audubon California is committed to cultivating a workplace community free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, where all of our flock feels welcome and seen. Audubon recognizes it’s important to never assume someone else’s gender. To that end, we implemented a voluntary initiative for all employees to share their pronouns in email signatures and interactions to create a more affirming workspace. More people proactively sharing our pronouns, regardless of gender identity or expression, fosters a workplace where the conversation is routine rather than a point of difference. Audubon California's employees of all gender identities and expressions are encouraged to participate, so transgender (including non-binary), gender non-conforming, intersex, and agender people don’t have to bear the weight alone.

Young volunteers working with native plants during Latino Conservation Week at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging is Part of Everything We Do In California

Whether we are in the field counting birds, engaging with youth on a habitat restoration project, or writing a grant report, equity is our daily work. Audubon California's staff in each of our offices, centers, and sanctuaries develop, evaluate, and improve our work programs and products based on principles of inclusion and equity. Here are some examples of this important work throughout the state of California.

Audubon Center at Debs Park – Los Angeles, CA
Debs Park staff launched Greening in Place: Protecting Communities from Displacementa comprehensive resource for park developers, non-government organizations, local decision-makers, and community advocates to engage in equitable green infrastructure development. It will serve as a useful and impactful tool to advocate for investment and engagement with low-income communities and communities of color that have historically been excluded from and/or harmed by land use and environmental policy decisions.

Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary – Tiburon, CA
The Audubon Youth Leaders program centers on improving access to nature for all young people throughout Marin County. This nine-month internship for high school students nurtures and develops leadership skills as well as cultivates a deep conservation ethic. While immersing teens in hikes, kayak trips, and work in the on-site native plant nursery, staff authentically engage them in conversations about the values they bring to the environment. This program cultivates the next generation of conservation stewards and recruits students from alternative education programs and the juvenile justice system.

Starr Ranch Sanctuary – Trabuco Canyon, CA
This sanctuary relies on the dedication of seasonal employees to help with the removal of invasive plants, grassland restoration projects, and songbird monitoring work. Audubon California staff have made it their mission to hire people from all over the United States with a focus on recruiting individuals underrepresented in the conservation field. To date, over 200 young people have worked at Starr Ranch Sanctuary, gaining invaluable professional and personal nature-based experiences.

Kern River Preserve – Weldon, CA
Near a rural and economically disadvantaged community close to the preserve, Audubon California staff are establishing a new public access trail that will be more accessible to schools, families, and visitors. To ensure Native American cultural resources on the property are protected and properly interpreted, we’re in partnership with local tribal leaders.

Working Lands – Throughout the Central Valley
In partnership with environmental justice organizations, Audubon staff reviewed over 30 groundwater plans submitted under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Using an equity lens, we assessed each plan to ensure there was fair weight given to disadvantaged communities and stakeholders as well as adequate planning for clean drinking water, combatting climate change, and protecting the environment.

Field Offices - Sacramento and San Francisco
Audubon California’s finance, development, and leadership teams know that we need to do business differently to elevate diversity and inclusion. To that end, our staff make sure we support women and minority-owned vendors, contractors, and businesses whenever possible. We also support locally owned small businesses for many of our events.

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